Acknowledgment of God
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for
our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves
and perpetuate them to our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
Article I, section 3.
Since equality in the enjoyment of natural and civil rights
is only made sure through political equality, the laws of this state affecting
the political rights and privileges of its citizens shall be without distinction
of race, color, sex, or any circumstance or condition whatsoever other than individual
incompetency, or unworthiness duly ascertained by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Article I, section 18.
The free exercise
and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference
shall be forever guaranteed in this state, and no person shall be rendered incompetent
to hold any office of trust or profit, or to serve as a witness or juror, because
of his opinion on any matter of religious belief whatever; but the liberty of
conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness
or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the state.
I, section 19.
No money of the state shall ever be given or
appropriated to any sectarian or religious society or institution.
XVII, section 1.
The militia of the state shall consist of
all able-bodied qualified residents of the state, and those nonresidents who are
accepted into service, between the ages of seventeen (17) and seventy (70) years;
except those exempted by the law of the United States or of the state. But all
residents having scruples of conscience averse to bearing arms shall be excused
therefrom upon conditions as shall be prescribed by law.
XXI, section 25.
Perfect toleration of religious sentiment
shall be secured, and no inhabitant of this state shall ever be molested in person
or property on account of his or her mode of religious worship.
Article VII, section 8.
Provision shall be
made by general law for the equitable allocation of such income among all school
districts in the state. But no appropriation shall be made from said fund to any
district for the year in which a school has not maintained for at least three
(3) months; nor shall any portion of any public school fund ever be used to support
or assist any private school, or any school, academy, seminary, college or other
institution of learning controlled by any church or sectarian organization or
religious denomination whatsoever.
Article VII, section 12.
No sectarian instruction, qualifications or tests shall be
imparted, exacted, applied or in any manner tolerated in the schools of any grade
or character controlled by the state, nor shall attendance be required at any
religious service therein, nor shall any sectarian tenets or doctrines be taught
or favored in any public school or institution that may be established under this
XV, section 12.
The property of the United States, the state,
counties, cities, towns, school districts and municipal corporations, when used
primarily for a governmental purpose, and public libraries, lots with the buildings
thereon used exclusively for religious worship, church parsonages, church schools
and public cemeteries, shall be exempt from taxation, and such other property
as the legislature may by general law provide.
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